The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, published in , is Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s analysis of the decline and fall of Haile Selassie’s regime in. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants . El Emperador. Front Cover. Ryszard Kapuscinski. Anagrama, Feb 28, Ryszard Kapuscinski was born in His books have been translated into

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And while this is still a European take on an African event would love to read something written by actual Ethiopians on the subject! Jul 28, R.

Nov 28, Adam Dalva rated it liked it. Mar 15, Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: An antediluvian social stucture showcases the raw exercise of power at its kapusfinski worst, absent any modern guile.

Additionally the book, reflective of the journalistic kapuxcinski, just did not have the depth needed on the topic. However will we discern the truth?! It read more like a tell-all scandal rag rather than the superior journalistic account it was touted to be.

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Aj preto len 4. Their many points of view make truth a perspectival quest.

Additionally, the famine that I when coming to understand the larger world was the primary association with Ethiopia was already a part, an ignored part by the palace, of the Ethiopian landscape and thus an obvious factor in the eventual successful rebellion by among other Ethiopians, the military, university students, and petrol-less taxi drivers.

In he was appointed to the Polish Press Agency and began traveling around the developing world and reporting on wars, coups and revolutions in Asia, the Americas, and Europe; he lived through ryszrad revolutions and coups, was jailed forty times, and survived four death sentences.


It is also a detail and evocative exploration of tyranny. I was very interested in hearing voices from other cultures. It states hearsay, opinion, and speculation as fact in an attempt to discredit the last African ruler of the downtrodden continent.

There were sections here where I lost interest mainly as a result of repetitionbut what will always stick with me are the little absurdities the revolution starting at a fashion show; the Swiss calisthenics instructors appearing days before t Fascinating book – an oral history of the last days of Haile Selassie’s empire told by his palace servants.

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I remember, for instance, how His Majesty paid the salaries of foreign engineers but showed no inclination to pay our own masons after the construction of the Imperial Palace called Genete Leul. All eyszard given are from anonymous sources allegedly close servants of the Emperor, identified only by initials, again unverifiable.

The Emperor baffles any ready description. Sep 09, J. It is a quick kapuscinki, and a lean book, and a bold one. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie’s servants and closest as Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from until he was overthrown by the army in What had been slender and trim-waisted now starts to become a square silhouette.

The author interviews courtiers, associates and ep of the Emperor Haile Selassie in the months just after his dethronement. T For years I had heard what a wonderful writer Kapuscinski was but to me this book was a let down. The story itself seems both old and new. Oct 17, Martyna rated it liked it. I had to walk among the dignitaries and wipe the urine from their shoes with a satin cloth. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


For their own convenience and vanity, instead of adding the burden bit by bit, in little bags, they tried to heave a whole big sack on at once.

The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuściński

This is a deplorable act of biased journalism, specifically targeting a great world leader. The Emperor is aimed at Haile Selassie, who Kapuscinski paints as a vapid, self-important ignoramus.

Great historical book describing the mood of the palace in Ethiopia under the rule of Haile Selassie. They always reached an invisible but perceptible point, beyond which silence fell.

Emperadro cannot go wrong choosing it to read. Apr 25, Conrad rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Emperor

The peasant will fall face down into the mud – and then spring up and grab an ax. The declivities of class and hierarchy within this kingdom exceed anything known to man. Power sits heavily on his shoulders.

I suppose if you have narrow ideas of what constitutes nonfiction you might find this sort of thing offensive, but if you’ve already signed on to the concept that monkeying with the truth a little is the soul of all narrative, fictional or otherwise, it’s easy to give yourself over empetador the story provided here. May 31, L.